Trinity Sunday is one of those Sundays on which the regular preacher delights in handing off that responsibility to someone else. Why? So they don't have to work through one of the difficult-to-explain aspects of our faith.
Yet the Trinity is fundamental to our faith. God who created, is the one true God. There is no other. This is God whom Jesus called Abba, or Father. We know Jesus the Son of God whose story is contained in the Gospels. Jesus said "whoever has seen Me, has seen the Father." (John 14:9) Jesus and the Father are one. Jesus also promissed that when He left His disciples, that they would not be left alone. God would send the Holy Spirit to guide them (and us) through this life. (John 14:26)
Thus, there are three entities within one God. What binds them together is love and their relationship.
Ok, so that sounds complicated, I know. But, it is the only way it makes sense to human reason. We know there is only one God. But we also know that the one God is found not only God the Creator (Father), but also in Jesus Christ the Son and in the Holy Spirit. If there is only one God, there is no other way to understand it than to say that the three (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are all part of one God.
Still having trouble? Think of a basic mayonnaise recipe. The three essential ingredients are eggs, oil and lemon juice. (I know there are other things added for flavour) Yet, the three when blended live in a relationship of "oneness" that creates a distinct and yet wonderful part of our summer diet. We don't speak of putting eggs, oil and lemon juice on our salad. We only speak of the whole, the mayo. Yet the three parts all have distinct roles within the whole, and mayo is not mayo without the three basic ingredients. .
I am not saying God is mayo. And, yes, you can take this annalogy too far. Consider simply that a trinitarian oneness is not really ourside our experience.
See you on Sunday!
Strangers and friends, young and old, female and male.
Everyone is welcome here.
Confirmation Study for Teens and Youth
We resume our sessions
on Saturday May 30
12 noon in the Library at St. Thomas'
Strangers and friends are all wellcome as we explore the Christian Faith.
For some this will lead to Confirmation at the Cathedral
others will just come to have fun and learn.
More info here:
Edith Elliott, Order of Niagara
July 23, 1917 - May 1, 2015
With great sadness we announce that Edith Elliott has entered the nearer presence of God. Edith was a long time and much loved member of Christ Church and Grace Church here in St. Catharines. In the past few years she had been a member of St. Thomas'. She was loved and admired where ever she was and there are many fond memories of her in the Anglican Community here in St. Catharines.
A Requiem Eucharist was held on Friday May 8.
Here is the full obituary notice:
Surrounded by love, in her 98th year, Edith Elliott, a life long resident of St. Catharines, died in hospital, three days after suffering a stroke. Predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon (1996), for the past 17 years Edith was a resident at Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village. She is survived by her children: Tim Elliott (Judy Maddren), Anne Elliott, Peter Elliott (Thomas Roach), her grandchildren Jeremy (Carolyn Shaver) Simon (Holly Andruchuk), Benjamin (Rachel Cairns), and Pippa (Tim MacKay), Emma (Leslie Knope) and Aaron (Elaine Bennis), and her great grandsons Thomas William Elliott and Cody Arthur MacKay. Predeceased by her parents Thomas and Anne Purcell, her sisters Freda, Doris and Joan, and her son-in-law Christopher Lind. The family will be forever grateful to her loving companions: niece Elizabeth Connor-Elliott, Fran Jones, Beryl Holtam and Margie Reid.
Visitation at the Hulse and English Funeral Home, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines, Thursday May 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome to join Edith's family to give thanks for her life on Friday May 8th: 11 a.m. Requiem Eucharist at St. Thomas Anglican Church 99 Ontario Street (at Church Street), St. Catharines followed by a reception, then interment in Victoria Lawn Cemetery; and at 3 p.m. a Celebration of Edith's Life in the Auditorium at Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village. Donations in thanksgiving for Edith's life can be given to the Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Foundation, 413 Linwell Rd. St. Catharines, L2M 7Y2.
Glory to God, whose power working in us,
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.